A Texas assistant police chief received a warning and a chuckle after he was stopped by a fellow officer speeding at 92 mph in a 65-mph-speed zone last month.
Now, the interim chief ordered his subordinate to be issued a ticket.
But that was more than a month after the incident only after the Austin American-Statesmen obtained dash cam video showing Austin Assistant Chief Chris Mcllvain racing to a basketball game in a city-owned vehicle during off-duty hours.
Austin Assistant Police Chief Chris Mcllvain
Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley stated during a March 28 press conference he believes his department has a history and culture of holding officers accountable, even though a ticket was never issued until local media obtained dash cam video of the stop.
“I think that we’ve got a culture and a history now of holding officers accountable,” Manley told reporters .
“We regularly arrest officers when they commit violations as we would a citizen under similar circumstances.”
The interim chief opened an internal affairs investigation last week that has since concluded, but stated that civil law prohibits him from discussing the outcome since it didn’t result in any sort of suspension.
Assistant Chief Mcllvain will, however, have to pay a $195 fine.
Interim Chief Manley, who took over the department when Hubert “Art” Acevedo departed for the job as Houston’s police chief just weeks after promising to clean up the department, held a press conference and discussed why he ordered Mcllvain be issued a ticket.
“I met with the officer who stopped Chief Mcllvain. And in a conversation I had with him about the incident I explained to him that–although I understood how uncomfortable that that may be stopping an assistant chief in that way–I asked him whether or not he would’ve handled that the same way if it were a citizen or somebody else. Would they